Elizabeth Olsen will end the MCU losing streak with the premiere of her new series “WandaVision” on January 15th. See them through the years up to this Disney + project!
Long before she was a big Marvel star Elizabeth Olsen was known as the little sister of the famous Olsen twins: Mary-Kate and Ashley. Of course, the 31-year-old actress now has an impressive reputation of her own. Elizabeth is half of the legendary superhero duo Wanda Maximoff and Vision from the Avengers film franchise, who will now direct their own TV show WandaVision, which premieres on Disney + January 15th.
Elizabeth began acting by making cameos on several ’90s projects starring her famous sisters: Our First Video, Olsen Twins Mother’s Day Special, The Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley, and How The West Is Fun made. She even appeared on an episode of her famous sitcom Full House in 1995!
However, Elizabeth did not get into serious commercial acting until years later as a young adult. She was 20 and 21 years old when two films came out in 2011 in which she starred – Silent House and Martha Marcy May Marlene. Martha Marcy May Marlene was a hit at the Sundance Film Festival, for which Elizabeth was nominated for many critical awards (of which she won six).
A portrait of Elizabeth Olsen from 2011, the year she starred in her first major films: Silent House and Martha Marcy May Marlene. (Image credit: AP Images)
This set a great precedent for the rest of Elizabeth’s film career, which began immediately when her older sisters retired from the business (Ashley’s last film appearance was in The Jerk Theory in 2009, while Mary-Kate’s starred in the 2011 film Beastly). In fact, it’s like the twins passed the baton when they moved into the world of fashion design. During this time, Elizabeth also studied at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she graduated in 2013.
Elizabeth starred alongside How I Met Your Mother Star Josh Radnor in the 2012 film Liberal Arts and had a leading role alongside Dakota Fanning in the movie Very Good Girls 2013. However, the younger Olsen entered a whole new realm of fame when she made her Marvel Cinematic Universe debut as Wanda Maximoff (whose superhero alias is the Scarlet Witch) in a post-credits scene the 2014 film Captain America: The was Winter Soldier.
Elizabeth Olsen as her Marvel character Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch in Avengers: Infinity War. (Photo credit: Everett Collection)
Elizabeth made her official Marvel debut in Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015 and has repeated the role in several Marvel films: Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame and will do so again in Doctor Strange in 2022 in the Multiverse of madness. Amid all of these Marvel movies, Elizabeth even starred on her own TV show “Sorry for Your Loss” between 2018 and 2019.
And that leads us to Elizabeth’s most recent project: WandaVision. Fans are excited to see this new show, which will be Marvel’s first live-action series from Disney +. Unlike the earlier MCU films Elizabeth and Paul Bettany (who plays Vision) played in this project, very different – for starters, their characters are essentially living in a sitcom reality. Elizabeth even announced if this means the series will include a “wink” at Full House.
Outside of acting, Elizabeth became romantically involved with the musician Robbie Arnett, 27, March 2017. They reportedly got engaged in July 2019 and are still happy together. Elizabeth has grown up! You can see more photos of the actress over the years in HollywoodLifeGallery above.